After Surabaya, What Lies Ahead?

The response to a string of attacks across Indonesia in May is commendable but do these attacks signal a worrying new direction for the country. The directors, management and staff at PT Phoenix Communications regret the tragic incidents around Indonesia in May and extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. We also wish those

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Fatness and Fitness as Health Issue in an Era of Urbanisation

It seems to me as a casual observer that there is a health crisis here in Jakarta. I may be wrong but to my untrained eyes at least 50 per cent of the population is overweight, some very overweight! Is it true? Well, perhaps there are statistics but I haven’t found them yet. Now fatness,

Now, A Guide to Deciphering the Ecosystem of Startup Companies

The “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups”, which was developed as a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in joining the burgeoning startup ecosystem, was officially released on 6 June. Dila Karinta and Bettina Herz launched the book “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups” as the guide entrepreneurs who want to develop startup in Jakarta. Photo

Kota Tua: The Cultural Heart of Jakarta?

Few who know the history of the “KotaTua” saga were surprised by the rejection of UNESCO to declare Jakarta’s old city (plus four islands in Pulau Seribu) a World Heritage Site. The qualifications for acceptance into this elite category are very strict and very clear, and to even the least technically minded people (myself included)

2018 World Cup: Surprises, Disappointments, Highs and Lows

After a whole month of football frenzy, the World Cup 2018 in Russia saw France lifting the coveted trophy for the second time after twenty years. It was a well-deserved win as “Les Bleus”, among the top favourites to win the World Cup this year, showed a string of assured and effective performances throughout the

The Reason for Games

While the Olympic Games  motto is “Higher, Faster, Stronger” which is a very competitive and challenging phrase, the Olympic Creed summarises the ideals behind the Olympic games very well. “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not

Jakarta’s Culinary Smorgasbord

First of all I want to establish two things: one, “culinary” is an adjective not a noun! The number of times I have heard it used as a noun is annoying and completely incorrect. “Susi, works in culinary” what? “Susi is a culinary expert” or “Susi works in the culinary world” are correct. Two: the

The Philosophy of Success

As we approach the end of the year it comes time to think about what we have achieved, what could we have done better, what perhaps we should not have done, and what we can do to improve not only our lives but those around us. The Asian Games brought home to us the meaning

Peace and Goodwill  to All

There is a very patriotic song sung by the British at the end of the fantastic classical music festival called “The Proms”. Writen by Arthur Benson with very stirring music by Edward Elgar, it goes like this: Land of hope and glory, mother of the free How shall we extol thee, who are born of

Ten Years of NOW! Jakarta, a New Year for Jakarta City

There is a very funny and kind of inexplicable psychology about “The New Year”. What makes the 1st of January any different to the 31st December? Or any other day? NOW!JAKARTA publisher, Alistair Speirs. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA They are just days, my pet dogs don’t know the difference, to some extent the poorer end of society

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